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Recommended Reads — December 2013


sense of placeHere is the list of Recommended Reads for December 2013, our last. If there are incorrect links or something I missed, please leave a comment in the post. Enjoy!

The Only One Who Matters by Cat Grant and L.A. Witt — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
The Ghost in Number 9 by Rick R. Reed — 5 stars (Lloyd Meeker)
Falls Chance Ranch by Rolf & Ranger — 5+ stars DIK (Raine)
Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Book 3) by N.R. Walker — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by KJ Charles — 4.75 stars (LenaLena)
The Only One Who Knows by L.A. Witt and Cat Grant — 4.75 stars (Wave)
The Little Things by Jay Northcote — 5 stars (zac)
Making It Count by Kim Dare — 5 stars (Sammy)
Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin book two) by N.R. Walker — 5 stars (Wave)
Merry Christmas, Utah by Erin O’Quinn — 4.75 stars (Orion)
The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Secrets And Ink by Lou Harper — 5+ stars DIK (Sammy)
The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton — 5 stars (Sammy)
Brokenhearted by Cate Ashwood — 5 stars (Sammy)
Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5) by Josh Lanyon — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony — 5 stars (Sammy)

My Top Books of 2013 and Recommended Reads


For the last 5 years I have been publishing my Top Ten Books and Recommended Reads and I can’t believeAA4 this 6th year will be the last one. Sometimes you like my choices and at others you wonder what I have been smoking, and I’m sure this year will be no different :lol:  My taste is definitely not for everyone, which is the way it should be on a review site, and the reason for our success is that the tastes of the guest reviewers’ are completely different (except for Raine and Sirius who I think are twins or have the same head on different bodies, I swear) :) so there’s something for everyone.

I hope my recommendations will help a few of you in some small way in selecting books that you might have missed this year. As you know, I can only recommend on this list those books that I have actually reviewed, but I have many favourites that are not here. Some of the books released by Josh Lanyon this year that were reviewed by Tj come to mind, as well as the two books released by K.J. Charles that LenaLena reviewed, and many others. You will notice that there are a few ties on the list because I reviewed so many excellent books that I had a very difficult task, starting with No. 1, and even the rankings of the rest of the books are interchangeable. So let’s get to the main course: Here are my top books of 2013 and Recommended Reads.

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Readers’ Favourite M/M Books in 2013


shower2Last year I gave readers the opportunity to recommend their top books for the year, and you’ll be able to do so once more in 2013. Selfishly, one of the reasons I did this is because I read a lot (except this year) as do most of you, and your suggestions of great M/M books you have read during the past 12 months help me and other readers choose which other books to read that we might have missed. I can’t wait to build up my TBR even higher in 2014 now that I’ll have some free time at last. :)

You have seen the guest reviewers’ top books for 2013. Which books moved YOU this past year? What did we miss that you’re dying to recommend – and this includes you Sirius, as well as the bane of my reading life, LenaLena). :lol:


The Ghost in Number 9


GhostNumber9Title: The Ghost in Number 9
Author: Rick R. Reed
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Allure
Amazon Buy Link The Ghost In Number 9
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Length: 33 pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


A Guest Review by Lloyd A. Meeker

Review Summary: A beautifully crafted story, perfectly paced, a very satisfying read—a closeted gay man’s Christmas Carol.

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Guest Reviewers’ Top Picks for 2013


Good morning everyone.  Aunt Lynn here with our last edition of the team’s Top Picks of this past year.

Guest Reviewers! Without them we could not do what we do and since the beginning we have been grateful to have them. As in years past, we added new team members to the established family we have cultivated.

As usual at this time of year, we put together lists of the top books we’ve reviewed in the last twelve months and you’ll notice that they range from just a few to ten (depending on length of time with the site and amount of time they could devote to reviewing)…and a little something more.

In alphabetical order, here are the books rated by Andrea, Feliz, Lady M, Lasha, LenaLena, Leslie S, myself (Aunt Lynn), Lloyd, Orion, Raine, Sammy, Sirius, Tj and Zac as the best of 2013:

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Falls Chance Ranch


imageTitle: Falls Chance Ranch Series
Book 1
Author: Rolf & Ranger
Cover Artist: Author
Publisher & Link: Self Published
Genre: M/M Romance Polyamory/Cowboys/Domestic Discipline
Length: Novel
Rating: 5+ stars DIK  5+-DIK-read

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: The first in an outstanding and original series set on a Wyoming ranch with beautifully drawn characters who help stressed ill executives find a balance between work and life- their latest client Dale is in desperate need of their old fashioned and loving kindness.

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Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin book two)


clarity of linesTitle and Link: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Book Two)
Author: N.R. Walker
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher URL: Totally Bound
Amazon Buy Link: N/A
Publisher Buy Link
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/32K words
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Review Summary: This sequel to Tom’s and Cooper’s story convinced me that their love is the real deal and that for them the age difference was of no consequence.

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Recommended Reads for November 2013


Sorry for the delay folks. Here are November’s recommended reads. If I’ve forgotten anything (which always happens with me) :) please leave a comment on the post.


bone riderOf Dreams and Ceremonies (Butterfly Hunter #2) by Julie Bozza – 4.75 stars (Feliz)
Everyone Loves a Wedding  by Chris Owen – 5 stars (Wave)
The Broken Road Cafe (Broken Road Cafe #1)  by T.A. Webb – 5 stars (Sammy)
Bone Rider by J. Fally – 4.75 stars (Raine)
Benedict by Hayden Thorne – 5 stars (Larissa)
Breaking Point by N.R. Walker – 5+ stars (Sammy)
Serenading Stanley by John Inman – 5+ stars (Sammy)
Shock & Awe (A Sidewinder Story) by Abigail Roux – 5 stars (Wave)
Silent by Sara Alva – 4.75 stars (Sirius)
Drifting by Jayson James – 4.75 stars (Orion)
Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper – 5 stars (Sammy)
Turbulence by Lyn Gala – 4.75 stars (Raine)


Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5)


kickStartTitle and Link: Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher:: Just Joshing Publishing Inc.
Amazon Buy Link Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/128 pages
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5, DIK

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Review Summary: Will and Taylor finally realize what’s most important in their lives – each other

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Everyone Loves a Wedding


everyone loves a weddingTitle and Link: Everyone Loves a Wedding
Author: Chris Owen
Cover Artist N/A
Publisher URL: Torquere
Amazon Buy Link: Everyone Loves a Wedding
Publisher Buy Link Everyone Loves a Wedding
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/20K words
Rating: 5 stars out of 5





Review Summary: This book is a delight and I ate it up because of Spencer and Dean. In addition to being incredibly funny, Everyone Loves A Wedding is all about romance, family, and how a gay man threw a great wedding for his twin.

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Bone Rider


imageTitle: Bone Rider
Author: J. Fally
Cover Artist: Daniela Barisone
Publisher & Buy Link: Dreamspinner Press
Amazon Buy Link: Bone Rider
Genre: M/M Romance,S/F, Action/Adventure
Length: 310 pages
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Outrageously ambitious plot concerning, “cowboys, aliens, hit men and now a canyon full of survivalists…” with added complications courtesy of the US army creates a spectacular cinematic read.

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SpokesTitle: Spokes
Author: P.D. Singer
Cover Artists: L.C. Chase & P.D. Singer
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Amazon Buy Link: Spokes
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 224 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Lloyd A. Meeker

Review Summary: A gripping, intelligently-written story of romance and cycling. Head and shoulders above predictable fare.

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Recommended Reads — October 2013


17936957Here is the list of Recommended Reads for October 2013.  Looks like it was a great month! If there are incorrect links or something I missed, please leave a comment in the post. Enjoy!

Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by SE Jakes — 4.75 stars (Feliz)
Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells — 5 stars (zac)
In the Key of by WIlla Oakti — 5 stars (Sammy)
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black — 5 stars (LadyM)
Afflicted II by Brandon Shire — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Kid Gloves by Anna Martin — 5 stars (Sammy)
Acts of Kindness by B.A. Tortuga — 4.75 stars (Orion)
Someday It Will Be by S.A. McAuley — 5 stars (Sammy)
Daron’s Guitar Chronicles #5 by Cecilia Tan — 5+ stars DIK (LenaLena)
Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood — 4.75 stars (Raine)
The Tin Box by Kim Fielding — 5 stars (Andrea)
Painting Fire On The Air (A Survivor Story) by J.P. Barnaby — 4.75 stars (Sammy)
Shock & Awe (A Sidewinder Story) by Abigail Roux — 5 stars (Wave)
A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Mayfield — 5 stars (Sammy)
Captive Magic, Sentinels #3 by Angela Benedetti — 4.75 stars (Sirius)
The Parting Glass by Josh Lanyon — 5 stars (Tj)
Love Lessons by Hedi Cullinan — 4.75 stars (Sammy)




imageTitle: Turbulence
Author: Lyn Gala
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Publisher & Buy Link: Loose Id
Amazon Buy Link: Turbulence
Genre: M/M S/F Romance / Adventure
Length: Long Novel
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: While inspired by the low IQ high muscle tone character type Jayne from ‘Firefly’, Jacqs is very much his own man and stars in a fabulous fighting and sexing space epic with real heart.

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